Munroe Chaired Professor of History
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Areas of Expertise
- Expertise is in Middle Eastern history. Research focuses specifically on Iran and the Arab world.
- Has a specific interest in alcohol, drugs, and stimulants (coffe, tea, tobacco) and their impact as forces in history.
- Author of four award-winning books, “The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730,” which received the Iranian Ministry of Culture's award for best non-Persian book on Iranian history; "The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900," which won the Albert Hourani Prize for best book on the Middle East and the Saidi-Sirjani Prize for best book in Iranian history; “Persia in Crisis: The Decline of the Safavids and the Fall of Isfahan,” which was awarded the British-Kuwait Friendship Prize and the Iranian Ministry of Culture's award for best non-Persian book on Iranian history; and "The Monetary History of Iran: From the Safavis to the Qajars,” which was awarded the Houchang Pourshariati Iranian Studies book Prize.
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